10 Questions for Canadian Mini O’s Racers | #53 Bjorn Viney
By Billy Rainford
Once again, we had a strong contingent of Canadian amateur racers head south to the Mini O’s to race both Supercross and Motocross. Since it would have been impossible to snag them all for interviews when the racing ended on Saturday before they left for home, we’ve decided to ask them all the same 10 questions.
#53 Bjorn Viney
Direct Motocross: How old are you and where are you from?
Bjorn Viney: I am 17 years old and I am from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. I now live in Murrieta, California.
How did you get into Motocross?
I got into motocross on my eighth birthday when my dad came home with a Honda CRF 50. The next day my dad and I went to this place called Boseville. It was a field near an airport and we rode this little circle in the sand and we had a lot of fun.
The next year, I went to San Del Lee MX and watched the pro national where Tyler Medaglia won on his Suzuki. Later, at the awards ceremony, he gave me his first place trophy and it was taller than me! After he gave me that trophy, I knew I wanted to race too.
How many times have you been to the Mini O’s?
I have been to Mini O’s four times.
What did you like better, SX or MX?
With Motocross, I like the freedom of being able to send it as hard as you can. You can really hang it out and the speed is greater than Supercross. With Supercross you need to be very precise, but it has definitely helped me with my starts and precision in outdoors.
What was your best race on the SX track? (Sorry, they all get the same questions)
What was your best race on the MX track?
My best race at Mini O’s this year was in 450B Ltd. where I finished 4th. In that race I got a 4th place start, passed into 3rd, then got passed and then managed to pass that rider back for third and started catching second place. Then I got tight and made some mistakes and got passed and finished in 4th.
What did you think of the event?
I thought that the event this year was really good and was better than most previous years because it did not rain. This year we flew into Orlando, Florida, because my friend Mikayla Neilson’s dad, Mike, brought all our bikes to Florida for us. I got to ride at the James Stewart compound for 2 days, raced a local race at Hardrock and even went wakeboarding. My grandma and grandpa also came down, which was awesome. They support me so much.
Who impressed you the most that you saw race?
I think the person that impressed me the most at Mini Os was Jett Lawrence. He is 15 on a 250 in the A class and was battling with leaders. That is impressive. I was still on 85’s at 15!
Do you plan on going back?
I might go back next year in the A class. I’m not sure yet, but if I can I will.
What are your winter plans?
My winter plans are to train Supercross at my house with Zach Bell and Logan Karnow – I will mix in some moto training at local tracks like Fox Raceway and Glen Helen. Then I will be joining my new team, PRMX for all 8 rounds of Supercross Futures, racing three B classes at each round. I will also race Daytona SX which is not a Supercross Futures race. I am really looking forward to being with the PRMX team for all those races. I am learning so much from guys like Julien (Perrier), Logan and Cody (VanBuskirk). It is preparing me to go Pro.
Who would you like to thank?
I would like to thank my mom and my dad for everything they do to help me with my dream. Also, I would like to thank my grandpa and grandma for taking care of me this summer when I was in Canada. I would like to thank PRMX and Julien for inviting me to be on his team. I could not have done all of the supercross races I raced in Canada without his help. I’m excited for this winter to hangout and ride with the PRMX team.
I would like to thank 6D helmets, Alpinestars, EKS brand goggles, Fasthouse, Blud Racing Lubricants, Hoosier tires, BTO Sports and a big thanks to Team Green Kawasaki for all their help at Mini O’s this year. I could not have raced that race without them. Thank you to Monster Army, DT1 filters, ODI, BTO Sports, Hinson, and PR2 suspension. Thank you Direct Motocross for all the coverage of us amateurs.